Naturally Magnificent: Washington State's Olympic Peninsula
Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula is a natural beauty. Come see for yourself as you walk in a rainforest, explore the beach at LaPush and learn about native Makah culture.
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Program No. 21472RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
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Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
SeaTac Airport
Coast Gateway Hotel

Afternoon: Register in the lobby at any time between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be in a popular restaurant adjacent to our hotel. Enjoy a buffet of varied choices, designed to meet everyone's needs and wishes. Non-alcoholic beverages included. Other beverages available for purchase. We'll review the program agenda, answer any questions and introduce ourselves to one another.

Evening: We have an early start and a busy day tomorrow. Rest well tonight!

Explore Port Townsend with a local guide, stroll the town.
Port Angeles
Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel

Activity note: Explore historic, charming Port Townsend with a knowledgeable local guide and on your own.

Breakfast: Our hotel offers a lobby breakfast including fresh fruit, juices, waffles, breakfast breads, sausage, bacon, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, hard-cooked eggs, coffee/decaf/tea. After an early breakfast we will load our luggage onto the coach and head for the ferry terminal in Seattle.

Morning: We'll drive our bus onto the Washington State ferry and ride 30 minutes across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island and through the little town of Poulsbo.

Lunch: After a 45-minute ride arrive in historic Port Townsend. Browse the shops and interesting vintage buildings. Enjoy lunch on your own in one of the town's many enticing cafes and restaurants.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided visit to Port Townsend's interesting sights. An experienced docent from the local history museum will step aboard our coach to tell us about Port Townsend's fascinating past.

Dinner: We'll drive about an hour north to Port Angeles. After checking into our guestrooms there may be time for a walk along the waterfront. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel. Enjoy a NW favorite entree, abundant salads, vegetables and luscious desserts.

Evening: There's time for a swim in the outdoor pool before the sun sets.

Visit the Hoh Rain Forest and First Beach at LaPush
Port Angeles
Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel

Activity note: We will have an experienced and personable naturalist with us all day. First, drive about 90 minutes to the Hoh Rain Forest, part of Olympic National Park. There will be a rest stop in the little town of Forks.Walk over one mile on a well-maintained forest trail in a temperate rain forest with our naturalist guide. This unique eco-system gets 134 inches of rain annually. Stroll the beautiful First Beach at LaPush on the Quileute Reservation.

Breakfast: Breakfast in our hotel this morning. Menu will vary daily, but throughout the week choose from eggs prepared in a variety of ways, ham/bacon/sausage, French toast, fresh fruit, juices, toast and breakfast breads, yogurt, hot oatmeal, coffee/tea/decaf.

Morning: Pick up a sack lunch at Safeway, then travel by coach to the Hoh Rain Forest. A naturalist will accompany our group all day today. Walk through a green, green forest of moss-draped old growth trees along a rushing river. Look for elk, otters, many birds and the occasional slug.

Lunch: We'll lunch on picnic tables near the park visitor center.

Afternoon: On our way back to Port Angeles we'll drive to LaPush on the Quileute Reservation. Stroll beautiful First Beach, see waves crashing on sea stacks, build a beach fire and toast marshmallows for s'mores.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at your leisure in one of the charming cafes and restaurants near our hotel. Join the group or choose from among suggested cafes and restaurants.

Evening: At leisure,

Visit Neah Bay, the Makah Tribal Museum, the Timber Museum
Port Angeles
Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel

Activity note: Learn about tribal life today and in the past at the Makah Tribal Museum. Visit the forks Timber Museum to learn about life in this community that was once dependent on logging.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

Morning: Drive about two hours, with a rest stop included, to the most north-westerly point in the continental US. Hear from a Makah tribal member about life here and about issues of interest to the tribe.

Lunch: Eat your sack lunch purchased at Safeway this morning in the museum meeting room or outside in the sun.

Afternoon: Learn about logging at the Forks Timber Museum. See a tiny cabin used by fire lookouts all summer and the huge cast-iron stove used by the camp cooks.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be on your own in Port Angeles. Restaurant recommendations will be offered. There are a number of excellent restaurants in every price range within a few blocks of our hotel.

See Marymere Falls and dramatic Hurricane Ridge
Port Angeles
Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel

Activity note: Stroll a fragrant forest path to a lovely waterfall. Ascend 18 miles to Hurricane Ridge and find yourself in a bowl of mountains. Wildflowers and wildlife abound. Learn about the removal of the dams on the Elwha River after dinner tonight.

Breakfast: Breakfast today will be in the hotel.

Morning: We'll drive less than an hour to Lake Crescent and stroll 1.5 miles round trip to see Marymere Falls.

Lunch: Lunch in the historic Lake Crescent Lodge on your choice of delicious entrees and a tasty dessert. Please be sure to indicate your lunch choice from the attached menu at least two weeks before the program via email to carolbarton2@comcast.net .The Lodge is in a remote location and their kitchen needs to know in advance what we want in order to be able to serve everyone.

Afternoon: Now on to Hurricane Ridge, elevation 5242', in the midst of the Olympic Mountains. See wildflowers and wildlife and look across to Vancouver Island. Optional walks and ranger talks.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Evening: Hear from an expert about the removal of two dams on the Elwha River and the effects on everything downstream.

Program Concludes
Port Angeles

Activity note: Return to SeaTac Airport by about noon today. Bon Voyage!

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

Morning: It's time to depart from Pt. Angeles at 8:30 am this morning. We expect to arrive at SeaTac Airport no later than noon but traffic conditions or ferry schedules may make our arrival a little later. There are many restaurants and cafes at the airport for your lunch before your flight departs. Thank you for sharing this Olympic adventure. Bon Voyage!

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